Sharon is a human resources professional who enjoys sharing simple recipes that make mealtime deliciously easy!
Can a Fruit Salad Be the Perfect Dish?
A fresh fruit salad bursting with a medley of healthy berries is the perfect dish to bring to your next potluck. If you are not a lover of cooking or preparing complicated dishes, it can be intimidating when you must bring food to a social event. A dish that often appears complex but is ever so simple to prepare is the fruit salad.
How to Make a Simple Fruit Salad
Fruit salad is a super healthy vegetarian treat that is just as beautiful to look at as it is to eat. The best time of year for fresh fruit is the summer, but we have our choice of fruit all year round in North America.
My favorite version of fruit salad is a little different since there is no liquid added, and it contains mostly berries. When you bring a brightly colored fruit salad to a gathering, other guests seem to think you spent a lot of time on it. It looks complex but is super simple.
Let's get started with the quick and easy steps below.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4 - 6
- 8 large strawberries, halved or quartered
- 6 oz blueberries
- 3 or 4 kiwi fruits
- handful green grapes
- Prepare all fruit first by washing and rinsing with water thoroughly, and pat dry with a paper towel.
- In a large salad bowl, add the fruit. I like to use a glass salad bowl to highlight the colors of the fruit.
- Slice the strawberries into halves (if they are very large, slice them into quarters).
- Peel the kiwifruit and slice it into thin rounds about 1/8 inch thick.
- Add the blueberries.
- Add green grapes to taste.
- Stir gently to mix the fruit.
- Voila! A gorgeous fruit salad.
- If you wish to add some greens to your salad to kick it up a notch, be sure to bring them separately and add them to the salad just before serving. This prevents wilting!
How to Choose a Ripe Kiwi Fruit
Kiwi fruit has a tough outer brown skin that hides the beautiful green, sweet fruit within. You must be careful choosing kiwi because if you get one that is overripe you will be stuck with a green mush that is not very appetizing and cannot be added to a fruit salad. Overripe kiwis tend to lose their sweetness too.
When choosing your kiwi, look for these characteristics:
- A smooth outer skin that is not wrinkled.
- Skin that is evenly colored with no discoloration.
- Squeeze a kiwi fruit to test its softness; it should give a little but not be too hard or too soft.
When you follow these three tips, you should get a nice, sweet and enjoyable kiwi. When kiwi is added to a fruit salad, they provide not only their unique sweetness but an appealing green dash of color. Remember, we first eat with our eyes!
Include Blueberries in the Fruit Salad
Blueberries have become a staple food in my house. They are a great addition to not only fruit salads but cereals, oatmeal, yogurts, and granola.
These little berries are a nutritional powerhouse. The health benefits of blueberries are numerous, and listed below are just a few of their healthy attributes.
- Has antioxidant that protects cells from damage
- Increases fat burning in the body
- Reduces and maintains blood pressure
- Supports a good memory
- May help protect against colon cancer
It is wise to always toss blueberries into your fresh fruit salad. Your body and mind will thank you for it.
How to Have a Fresh Fruit Salad Anytime
If you buy lots of fruit and store it in the fridge in those fruit and vegetable drawers, they are often forgotten and start to rot. I have had this happen on numerous occasions. If the fruit is out of sight, it's out of mind. Keeping it out of the fridge in a fruit bowl is one idea, but to keep it cold and fresh just prepare it ahead of time as a fruit salad.
This is an excellent way to ensure all the nutritious fruit you purchase doesn't go to waste. This recipe is particularly good for this because it contains no apples that brown or bananas that become gooey.
I find it gets eaten quickly, and it is such a nutritious after-school or any-time snack.
Storing it in a container makes it easy to scoop out a quick serving. I find this Tupperware container, which was originally created as a lettuce keeper, to be perfect for fruit salad.
Tupperware Super Crisp Saver
Green and Purple Grapes: What Is the Difference?
I personally prefer green grapes and always have had them since I was a child, but I am not sure why. It may be the slight difference in taste or perhaps because I only remember my mother buying the green grapes, so it became a preference.
So what is the difference between the two? They are simply different species. Nutritionally, the purple grape wins out, but that doesn't mean green grapes are not good for you. They are both healthy and beneficial, but the purple grape has the edge as it is richer in antioxidants and lower in calories. Basically, the darker the fruit or vegetable, the more nutritional punch.
Purple or green, whichever you prefer, are both an excellent addition to your fruit salad. Just toss them in!
The Strawberry: A Sweet Addition to Your Salad
The strawberry plant is very hardy and can be grown anywhere in the world. It sends out shoots and reproduces itself with ease. The strawberry is the ultimate survivor; this makes them easy plants to grow.
Nutritionally, strawberries are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium - always good! They are an excellent source of folate, potassium and vitamin C. Humans, unlike some animals, cannot manufacture or store Vitamin C so it is important for us to consume it in our food. Oranges aren't the only fruit high in this vitamin.
Did you know that strawberries fight wrinkles? Vitamin C is known to keep the collagen in our skin elastic but strawberries also contain ellagic acid, which has been shown in studies to enhance collagen repair and prevent inflammation. The strawberry does double duty in wrinkle prevention!
The strawberry is the color star of the fruit salad; it creates a vibrant visual impact. Attractive and nutritious the strawberry is a great addition to any fruit salad. Yum!
© 2012 Sharon Bellissimo